The table below looks at the statistics for the Systems Administrator role in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Systems Administrator in their job title over the 3 months to 30 January 2015 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily contractor rates and hourly contractor rates are treated separately. When calculating average contractor rates, daily rates are not derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Location
3 months to
30 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
System Administrator
Rank 285 275 203
Rank change year-on-year
-10 -72
Contract jobs requiring a Systems Administrator 360 314 448
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.71% 0.65% 1.00%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.76% 0.70% 1.08%
Number of daily rates quoted 212 204 251
Average daily rate
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£350 £350 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +7.69%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £263 £205 £220
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £475 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £308 £325
% change year-on-year
+13.82% -5.38%
Number of hourly rates quoted 18 11 32
Average hourly rate £30.00 £20.00 £31.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+50.00% -36.50%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.58 £13.50 £13.30
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £39.15 £23.00 £135.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £28.77 £21.25 £21.25
% change year-on-year
+35.38% -

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Job Titles category in contract jobs advertised across the UK. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title. As such the figures in the first row provide an indication of the total number of contract jobs in the overall sample.

Job Titles Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Job Titles category
47189 44564 41455
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.47% 92.53% 92.86%
Number of daily rates quoted 29609 26528 23470
Average daily rate £400 £400 £378
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +5.96%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £240 £228 £230
10% offered a daily rate of more than £563 £575 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1818 1936 2419
Average hourly rate £16.50 £17.50 £18.40
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-5.71% -4.89%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.25 £10.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £40.00 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.16 £16.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year
-2.06% -5.71%

Systems Administrator
Jobs Demand Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Systems Administrator in the job title within the UK as a proportion of the total demand within the Job Titles category.

Systems Administrator Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

Systems Administrator
Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing Systems Administrator within the UK.

Systems Administrator Daily Rate Trend in the UK

Systems Administrator
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Systems Administrator within the UK over the 3 months to 30 January 2015.

Systems Administrator Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

Systems Administrator
Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Systems Administrator within the UK.

Systems Administrator Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

Systems Administrator
Hourly Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Systems Administrator within the UK over the 3 months to 30 January 2015.

Systems Administrator Hourly Rate Histogram in the UK

Systems Administrator
Top 30 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Systems Administrator within the UK over the 3 months to 30 January 2015. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location
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Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Average
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Average Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England -4 327 £350 - 178
London -15 165 £355 -5.33% 98
South East +19 57 £327 +7.93% 22
City of London +10 33 £337 -3.71% 29
East of England +9 26 £200 -38.46% 13
Scotland -3 25 £445 +27.14% 3
South West -10 22 £450 +63.63% 12
North West +2 19 £350 +12.00% 12
Edinburgh -2 18 £525 +50.00% 2
Cambridgeshire -7 16 £200 -38.46% 5
West Midlands +7 14 £350 +100.00% 10
Cambridge +5 14 £200 -38.46% 4
Oxfordshire -4 14 £275 -15.38% 3
Berkshire +9 13 £328 +15.59% 7
West Yorkshire +1 13 £450 +38.46% 4
Yorkshire -5 13 £450 +18.42% 7
Leeds -5 11 £450 +100.00% 3
Devon +3 10 £518 - 2
Oxford -6 10 £275 -15.38% 1
Surrey +3 8 £413 - 1
Hampshire -30 8 £363 +18.85% 5
Birmingham +3 6 £350 - 3
Glasgow -1 6 £325 +13.04%
Manchester -1 6 £380 - 7
Wiltshire -2 6 £325 - 3
Plymouth - 6 £485 -
East Midlands +10 5 £350 -1.40% 3
Reading +9 5 £375 +12.78% 4
North East -9 5 £328 +70.12% 1
Essex +7 4 £313 +150.00%

Systems Administrator
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 30 January 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK that cited Systems Administrator in their job title mentioned the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled with Systems Administrator in their job title.

1 310 (44.35%) Linux
2 281 (40.20%) Windows
3 209 (29.90%) VMware
4 184 (26.32%) UNIX
5 152 (21.75%) Red Hat
6 151 (21.60%) Active Directory
7 134 (19.17%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 131 (18.74%) Windows Server 2008
9 121 (17.31%) Microsoft
10 115 (16.45%) SAN
11 111 (15.88%) Solaris
12 109 (15.59%) Finance
13 90 (12.88%) ITIL
14 88 (12.59%) HP
14 88 (12.59%) VMware Infrastructure
15 85 (12.16%) Windows Server 2003
16 84 (12.02%) Oracle
17 80 (11.44%) SQL
17 80 (11.44%) Puppet
18 75 (10.73%) DNS
19 71 (10.16%) Security Cleared
20 70 (10.01%) Clustering
21 69 (9.87%) Shell Script
21 69 (9.87%) MS Exchange
21 69 (9.87%) Apache
22 68 (9.73%) Windows Server 2012
23 67 (9.59%) PowerShell
24 64 (9.16%) DevOps
25 61 (8.73%) Bash Shell
25 61 (8.73%) Banking

Systems Administrator
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 30 January 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK that cited Systems Administrator in their job title mentioned the following IT skills grouped by category. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled with Systems Administrator in their job title. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 69 (9.87%) MS Exchange
1 69 (9.87%) Apache
2 49 (7.01%) Tomcat
3 38 (5.44%) SharePoint
4 33 (4.72%) IIS
5 28 (4.01%) Exchange Server 2010
6 25 (3.58%) JBoss
7 20 (2.86%) WebSphere
8 17 (2.43%) Exchange Server 2013
9 15 (2.15%) Exchange Server 2007
10 11 (1.57%) Lync
11 10 (1.43%) WebLogic
12 9 (1.29%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
12 9 (1.29%) WebSphere Application Server
13 7 (1.00%) SharePoint Server
14 6 (0.86%) uWSGI
14 6 (0.86%) OpenStack
14 6 (0.86%) nginx
14 6 (0.86%) Exchange Server 2003
15 5 (0.72%) WebSphere Portal
Applications
1 52 (7.44%) MS Excel
2 28 (4.01%) MS Office
3 4 (0.57%) MS PowerPoint
4 2 (0.29%) 3ds Max
4 2 (0.29%) ProjectWise
4 2 (0.29%) Stata
5 1 (0.14%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 5 (0.72%) Agresso
2 3 (0.43%) ResourceLink
2 3 (0.43%) SAP HR
2 3 (0.43%) Murex MxG2000
3 2 (0.29%) Hyperion Enterprise
3 2 (0.29%) HFM
4 1 (0.14%) Academy Revenues and Benefits
4 1 (0.14%) Dynamics NAV
4 1 (0.14%) Cognos TM1
4 1 (0.14%) Cognos Business Intelligence
4 1 (0.14%) Oracle General Ledger
4 1 (0.14%) Hyperion Planning
4 1 (0.14%) Oracle EBS
4 1 (0.14%) Oracle Financials
4 1 (0.14%) Oracle BPM
4 1 (0.14%) Oracle Payables
4 1 (0.14%) Oracle Receivables
Cloud Services
1 20 (2.86%) Amazon AWS
2 13 (1.86%) Amazon EC2
3 12 (1.72%) SaaS
4 10 (1.43%) Microsoft Azure
5 7 (1.00%) Amazon S3
6 4 (0.57%) Office 365
7 3 (0.43%) Cloud Computing
7 3 (0.43%) PaaS
7 3 (0.43%) Route 53
8 2 (0.29%) Amazon ELB
8 2 (0.29%) IaaS
9 1 (0.14%) Google Apps
9 1 (0.14%) Amazon EMR
9 1 (0.14%) SuccessFactors
Communications & Networking
1 115 (16.45%) SAN
2 75 (10.73%) DNS
3 51 (7.30%) TCP/IP
4 42 (6.01%) DHCP
5 37 (5.29%) Firewall
6 33 (4.72%) NAS
7 24 (3.43%) LDAP
7 24 (3.43%) LAN
8 17 (2.43%) WAN
9 15 (2.15%) SMTP
10 14 (2.00%) VoIP
11 13 (1.86%) Internet
11 13 (1.86%) SSL
12 12 (1.72%) VPN
12 12 (1.72%) VLAN
13 10 (1.43%) HTTP
13 10 (1.43%) SSH
14 9 (1.29%) FTP
15 8 (1.14%) iSCSI
16 7 (1.00%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 49 (7.01%) SQL Server
2 33 (4.72%) MySQL
3 30 (4.29%) Oracle Database
4 16 (2.29%) SQL Server 2005
5 14 (2.00%) PostgreSQL
6 12 (1.72%) SQL Server 2012
6 12 (1.72%) Relational Database
7 10 (1.43%) SQL Server 2008
8 9 (1.29%) RDBMS
9 8 (1.14%) Hadoop
10 7 (1.00%) Big Data
10 7 (1.00%) Oracle Database 12c
11 6 (0.86%) DB2
12 5 (0.72%) SQL Server 2000
12 5 (0.72%) Oracle Reports
13 4 (0.57%) MongoDB
13 4 (0.57%) Ingres
14 3 (0.43%) SQL Server Integration Services
14 3 (0.43%) Crystal Reports
14 3 (0.43%) NoSQL
Development Applications
1 29 (4.15%) Jenkins
2 21 (3.00%) Git (software)
3 17 (2.43%) Subversion
4 9 (1.29%) TeamCity
5 7 (1.00%) Maven
6 6 (0.86%) JIRA
7 5 (0.72%) Hudson
8 3 (0.43%) Ant
8 3 (0.43%) Artifactory
9 2 (0.29%) Bitbucket
9 2 (0.29%) Selenium
9 2 (0.29%) Atlassian Bamboo
10 1 (0.14%) CruiseControl
10 1 (0.14%) JMeter
10 1 (0.14%) ClearCase
10 1 (0.14%) JUnit
10 1 (0.14%) Eclipse
10 1 (0.14%) Cucumber
10 1 (0.14%) Wise Package Studio
10 1 (0.14%) Gerrit
General
1 109 (15.59%) Finance
2 61 (8.73%) Banking
3 18 (2.58%) Investment Banking
4 13 (1.86%) Telecoms
5 8 (1.14%) Retail
6 7 (1.00%) Advertising
7 6 (0.86%) Manufacturing
8 4 (0.57%) Pharmaceutical
9 3 (0.43%) Marketing
9 3 (0.43%) Law
9 3 (0.43%) Publishing
10 2 (0.29%) Financial Institution
10 2 (0.29%) Legal
10 2 (0.29%) Local Government
11 1 (0.14%) Billing
11 1 (0.14%) Retail Banking
11 1 (0.14%) Dutch Language
11 1 (0.14%) Polish Language
11 1 (0.14%) Front Office
11 1 (0.14%) Games
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 20 (2.86%) Web Services
2 15 (2.15%) XML
3 14 (2.00%) Middleware
3 14 (2.00%) WebSphere MQ
4 13 (1.86%) Application Packaging
5 11 (1.57%) HTML
6 10 (1.43%) LAMP
7 7 (1.00%) WebSphere Message Broker
8 6 (0.86%) WSGI
8 6 (0.86%) Regular Expression
8 6 (0.86%) .NET
8 6 (0.86%) XML Messaging
9 3 (0.43%) WPF
9 3 (0.43%) Hibernate
9 3 (0.43%) J2EE
9 3 (0.43%) CSS
10 2 (0.29%) RabbitMQ
10 2 (0.29%) RESTful
10 2 (0.29%) REST
10 2 (0.29%) MSMQ
Miscellaneous
1 70 (10.01%) Clustering
2 36 (5.15%) Analytical Skills
3 21 (3.00%) Open Source
4 20 (2.86%) Replication
5 19 (2.72%) Management Information System
6 15 (2.15%) NHS
7 14 (2.00%) Wiki
8 11 (1.57%) Video Conferencing
9 10 (1.43%) Blackberry
10 8 (1.14%) Symmetrix DMX
11 7 (1.00%) Client/Server
12 6 (0.86%) Computer Science
13 4 (0.57%) User Experience
13 4 (0.57%) Hedge funds
13 4 (0.57%) FMCG
13 4 (0.57%) Physics
13 4 (0.57%) Chemistry
13 4 (0.57%) Biology
13 4 (0.57%) Statistics
13 4 (0.57%) Grid Computing
Operating Systems
1 310 (44.35%) Linux
2 281 (40.20%) Windows
3 184 (26.32%) UNIX
4 134 (19.17%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 131 (18.74%) Windows Server 2008
6 111 (15.88%) Solaris
7 85 (12.16%) Windows Server 2003
8 68 (9.73%) Windows Server 2012
9 47 (6.72%) CentOS
10 35 (5.01%) AIX
11 26 (3.72%) Windows 7
12 25 (3.58%) Ubuntu
13 22 (3.15%) HPUX
14 20 (2.86%) SUSE
15 16 (2.29%) Debian
16 15 (2.15%) Windows XP
17 12 (1.72%) VMS
18 9 (1.29%) Windows 2000 Server
19 7 (1.00%) Mac OS X
19 7 (1.00%) Windows 2000
Processes & Methodologies
1 90 (12.88%) ITIL
2 64 (9.16%) DevOps
3 44 (6.29%) Migration
4 43 (6.15%) Configuration Management
5 36 (5.15%) Change Management
6 32 (4.58%) Agile Software Development
7 27 (3.86%) Disaster Recovery
8 25 (3.58%) Continuous Integration
8 25 (3.58%) E-Commerce
9 21 (3.00%) Service Management
10 20 (2.86%) Capacity Management
10 20 (2.86%) Performance Tuning
11 17 (2.43%) Project Management
12 16 (2.29%) Change Control
13 15 (2.15%) Incident Management
13 15 (2.15%) Workflow
13 15 (2.15%) Mentoring
14 14 (2.00%) Load Balancing
15 12 (1.72%) Service Delivery
16 10 (1.43%) Network Monitoring
Programming Languages
1 80 (11.44%) SQL
2 69 (9.87%) Shell Script
3 67 (9.59%) PowerShell
4 61 (8.73%) Bash Shell
5 55 (7.87%) Perl
6 39 (5.58%) Python
7 35 (5.01%) PHP
8 28 (4.01%) Java
9 17 (2.43%) Korn
10 15 (2.15%) Ruby
11 11 (1.57%) VB
12 10 (1.43%) JavaScript
13 9 (1.29%) VBScript
14 8 (1.14%) C
14 8 (1.14%) PL/SQL
15 6 (0.86%) C#
16 4 (0.57%) T-SQL
17 3 (0.43%) AWK
17 3 (0.43%) VBA
17 3 (0.43%) sed
Qualifications
1 71 (10.16%) Security Cleared
2 44 (6.29%) SC Cleared
3 26 (3.72%) Microsoft Certification
4 21 (3.00%) Degree
5 18 (2.58%) DV Cleared
6 16 (2.29%) MCSE
7 15 (2.15%) RHCE
8 12 (1.72%) ITIL Certification
9 8 (1.14%) RHCT
10 6 (0.86%) MCITP
11 5 (0.72%) MCSA
12 4 (0.57%) MCP
13 3 (0.43%) SCSA
13 3 (0.43%) Sun Certification
14 2 (0.29%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
14 2 (0.29%) A+ Certification
14 2 (0.29%) Cisco Certification
14 2 (0.29%) Network+ Certification
14 2 (0.29%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
15 1 (0.14%) LPIC
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 43 (6.15%) SLA
2 6 (0.86%) QA
3 1 (0.14%) PCI DSS
3 1 (0.14%) Data Quality
System Software
1 151 (21.60%) Active Directory
2 88 (12.59%) VMware Infrastructure
3 36 (5.15%) vSphere
4 26 (3.72%) VMware ESX
4 26 (3.72%) XenApp
5 21 (3.00%) Veritas Cluster Server
6 18 (2.58%) Veritas Volume Manager
7 17 (2.43%) XenDesktop
8 14 (2.00%) Hyper-V
9 13 (1.86%) NFS
10 11 (1.57%) VMware ESXi
11 8 (1.14%) KVM
11 8 (1.14%) Firmware
11 8 (1.14%) Samba
12 7 (1.00%) XenServer
13 6 (0.86%) Shibboleth
14 5 (0.72%) RHEV
15 4 (0.57%) vCloud
15 4 (0.57%) Terminal Services
15 4 (0.57%) Microsoft Virtual Server
Systems Management
1 80 (11.44%) Puppet
2 48 (6.87%) SCOM
3 35 (5.01%) Nagios
4 32 (4.58%) Opscode Chef
5 30 (4.29%) SCCM
6 28 (4.01%) HP SIM
7 24 (3.43%) NetBackup
8 19 (2.72%) Ansible
9 16 (2.29%) ARCserve
10 15 (2.15%) SCSM
11 11 (1.57%) Control-M
12 10 (1.43%) SCOrch
13 9 (1.29%) HP Data Protector
13 9 (1.29%) Norton AntiVirus
13 9 (1.29%) Tivoli
13 9 (1.29%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
13 9 (1.29%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
14 8 (1.14%) BMC PATROL
15 7 (1.00%) Backup Exec
15 7 (1.00%) BladeLogic
Vendors
1 209 (29.90%) VMware
2 152 (21.75%) Red Hat
3 121 (17.31%) Microsoft
4 88 (12.59%) HP
5 84 (12.02%) Oracle
6 54 (7.73%) Citrix
7 53 (7.58%) IBM
8 44 (6.29%) EMC
9 37 (5.29%) Cisco
10 33 (4.72%) Symantec
11 29 (4.15%) Veritas
12 27 (3.86%) NetApp
13 22 (3.15%) 3PAR
14 20 (2.86%) CA
14 20 (2.86%) Sun
15 16 (2.29%) Websense
16 14 (2.00%) SAP
17 13 (1.86%) Altiris
17 13 (1.86%) F5
18 11 (1.57%) BMC
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Posted: 7 hours ago
Bradford, West Yorkshire
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Posted: 7 hours ago
Harrogate, North Yorkshire
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Rate: From £300 to £350 per day 3 Months initially
Posted: 11 hours ago
Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire
Kelway Ltd
Rate: From £350 to £400 per day
Posted: 14 hours ago
Exeter, Devon
QUANTICA
Rate: £340 - £350 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Tiverton, Exeter, Devon
Mid Devon District Council
Rate: £22,937 - £25,440
Posted: Yesterday
Nuneaton, Warwickshire
Big Red Recruitment
Rate: £10 - £15 per hour
Posted: 2 days ago
Cambridgeshire
Empiric Solutions
Posted: 2 days ago
City, London
Certes Computing Ltd
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Church International
Rate: £35-£50 per hour
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Selecture
Salary: Benefits Package
Posted: 3 days ago
London
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Rate: Unspecified
Posted: 3 days ago
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networx
Rate: £24,000 per annum
Posted: 3 days ago
London
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Rate: £450 to £500 p/day
Posted: 4 days ago
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Rate: £400 - £600 per day
Posted: 8 days ago
City of London
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Rate: competitive
Posted: 9 days ago
City of London
Computer Futures
Rate: competitive
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City of London
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Posted: 15 days ago
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